2 injured in officer-involved shooting in Barrow County

Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon after exchanging gunfire with deputies in Barrow County, the GBI said.

The shooting happened after a 16-minute chase that started on Atlanta Highway and ended on Parks Mill Road, GBI Special Agent Mike Ayers told AJC.com. A pickup truck did not stop after a deputy tried to pull it over for failure to maintain lane, Ayers said.

He said a Barrow County sheriff’s deputy stopped the truck using a PIT maneuver, a tactic where a police car hits the back corner of a fleeing vehicle to make it swerve and stop.

“This was a potentially very hazardous situation, very violent situation,” Ayers told reporters at the scene, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The driver of the truck, 31-year-old Casey Taylor, fired at least 10 shots at deputies who were still in their cars, the GBI said in a statement Wednesday. There were also two female passengers in the truck.

Deputies returned fire, striking Taylor and one of the women, according to the GBI. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Taylor was treated at a hospital and then taken into custody by Barrow County officials.

The woman remains in the hospital, the GBI said.

No officers were injured.

The GBI was called to investigate, which is protocol for officer-involved shootings. This is the 10th such incident the agency has investigated in 2019.

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